Charlton Heston Quotes

“Political correctness is tyranny with manners.” – Charlton Heston

“So that this nation may long endure, I urge you to follow in the hallowed footsteps of the great disobedience of history that freed exiles, founded religions, defeated tyrants, and yes, in the hands of an aroused rabble in arms and a few great men” – Charlton Heston

So that this nation may long

“There’s no such thing as a good gun. There’s no such thing as a bad gun. A gun in the hands of a bad man is a very dangerous thing. A gun in the hands of a good person is no danger to anyone except the bad guys.” – Charlton Heston

“Political correctness is just tyranny with manners. I wish for you the courage to be unpopular. Popularity is history’s pocket change. Courage is history’s true currency.” – Charlton Heston

“You can have my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers.” – Charlton Heston

“Telling us what to think has evolved into telling us what to say, so telling us what to do can’t be far behind.” – Charlton Heston

Telling us what to think

“Sometimes, to be silent is to be most eloquent.” – Charlton Heston

“One way or another, if you’re persistent, fortune always smiles on you.” – Charlton Heston

“It’s the camel’s nose in the tent. Look at Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, Idi Amin – every one of these monsters, on seizing power, their first act was to confiscate all firearms in private hands.” – Charlton Heston

“Another plague upon the land, as devastating as the locusts God loosed on the Egyptians, is ‘Political Correctness.'” – Charlton Heston

Another plague upon the

“To the divisive forces that would take freedom away, I want to tell you something: You can have my gun. You can pry it from my cold dead hands!” – Charlton Heston

“Any gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing. Any gun in the hands of a decent person is no threat to anybody — except bad people.” – Charlton Heston

“Moses is the keystone to every man’s ethical code. He was the first man of record in history to conceive of the law as separate from the will of a ruler, to choose whether a man should live by grace of law, or law by grace of man. In a literal sense Moses lives at every council table today.” – Charlton Heston

“If you talk about race, it does not make you a racist. If you see distinctions between the genders, it does not make you a sexist. If you think critically about a denomination, it does not make you anti-religion. If you accept but don’t celebrate homosexuality, it does not make you a homophobe.” – Charlton Heston

If you talk about race,

“The Internet is for lonely people. People should live.” – Charlton Heston

“Life is full of surprises, isn’t it?” – Charlton Heston

“Life is full of surprises, isn’t it?” – Charlton Heston

Shakespeare is the outstanding example of how that can be done. In all of Shakespeare’s plays, no matter what tragic events occur, no matter what rises and falls, we return to stability in
the end. – Charlton Heston


Shakespeare is the outstanding

“As is well know, I, ah..regard myself as a religious man, yet I belong to no church. I’m an able soldier yet I abhor armies. I can even add that I’ve been introduced to hundreds of women but never married. In other words no one’s ever talked me into anything.” – Charlton Heston

“I believe that in your heart you already know something is profoundly wrong. When bartenders are responsible for drunk drivers’ acts, and gunmakers are responsible for criminals’ acts, and nobody is responsible for O. J. Simpson’s acts, something is wrong.” – Charlton Heston

“As an actor, I’m thankful I have lived not one life, but many.” – Charlton Heston

“I think there are probably more closet conservatives in Hollywood than there are closet homosexuals.” – Charlton Heston

I think there are probably

“What you hold in your hand is proof of man’s power – against which our strength means nothing. It has the force of 100 spears. I warn you, man’s ingenuity goes hand-in-hand with their cruelty. No creature is as devious or violent.” – Charlton Heston

“My dad always said he wanted to be remembered for his body of work, and he’s made more than 75 pictures, some good, some bad, and they will be his legacy to the world of acting.” – Charlton Heston

“As an actor, I’m thankful I have lived not one life, but many.” – Charlton Heston

“I’m not a vegetarian but I want you to know that my four dogs are safe.” – Charlton Heston

I'm not a vegetarian but

“I always work on the theory that the audience will believe you best if you believe yourself.” – Charlton Heston

“I don’t think rock music has any positive function.” – Charlton Heston

“A policemans job is only easy in a police state.” – Charlton Heston

“I have lived my whole life on the stage and screen before you. I found purpose and meaning in your response.” – Charlton Heston

I have lived my whole life

“I am very proud of the fact that I led the arts contingent on the civil rights march in the summer of ’63. In many ways, I think it was the high-water mark of the civil rights movement.” – Charlton Heston

“I intend to dedicate my remaining time as president of the NRA to ensure that the Second Amendment is safe from Al Gore and all those who threaten it.” – Charlton Heston

“I intend to dedicate my remaining time as president of the NRA to ensure that the Second Amendment is safe from Al Gore and all those who threaten it.” – Charlton Heston

“Society mends its wounds. And that’s invariably true in all the tragedies, in the comedies as well. And certainly in the histories.” – Charlton Heston

Society mends its wounds.

“I’m neither giving up nor giving in.” – Charlton Heston

“You simply disobey. Peaceably, yes. Respectfully, of course. Nonviolently, absolutely. But when told how to think or what to say or how to behave, we don’t. We disobey the social protocol that stifles and stigmatizes personal freedom.” – Charlton Heston

“The First Amendment is crucial. Of course it is. So are all the others. And the Second Amendment is the one that guarantees that people can bear arms to protect themselves.” – Charlton Heston

“You could think of extraordinary examples to the contrary: The Grapes of Wrath… and even into the 70s.” – Charlton Heston

You could think of extraordinary

“A war put off is not a war avoided.” – Charlton Heston

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